The New England Conservatory of Music (NEC)

Boston, MA

Get Admissions Info

The New England Conservatory of Music

The New England Conservatory of Music

The New England Conservatory of Music Student Essentials

The New England Conservatory of Music Student Essentials
Region: Northeast
Setting: Large City Setting
Type: Private
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Small (Under 2,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Penguin
Website: necmusic.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Most Selective
In-State Tuition: $38,455
Out-of-State Tuition: $38,455
Retention Rate: 99%
Enrollment: 797
Year Established: 1867

About NEC

One of the oldest and most prestigious schools of music in the United States, New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, offers undergraduate and graduate-level training in music as well as collaborative programs with some of the area’s prestigious four-year universities. Students and faculty have also gone on to perform with top symphonies and win some of the most respected music awards.

The most well known programs at New England Conservatory are those offered in strings, jazz, percussion and chamber music. Degrees are also awarded in such areas as:

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Piano performance
  • Voice and Opera

In addition to offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, students may undertake a five-year double degree in conjunction with Harvard University and Tufts University.

Even outside of the classroom quality music is the focus, with New England Conservatory hosting hundreds of concerts on campus each year.

In addition to becoming players in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, many graduates have gone on to win Grammy Awards and Macarthur Fellowships. The conservatory has served as a training ground for orchestral players to fill the ranks of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, much like the Curtis Institute serves as a training ground for the Philadelphia Orchestra, although composers, pianists, and singers are offered courses of study as well.

The most important factor in the admissions process is the quality of one’s audition. In addition, some programs actually require a pre-screening via submitted video, which is submitted prior to the live audition. Applicants also need to submit transcripts, an outline of their musical background and letters of recommendation.

Financial aid awards include loans and grants, which are offered according to financial need. Talent scholarships are also given for particularly exceptional students. To apply for aid students must fill out a FAFSA, which can be done online.

Get More Information

NEC Map & Location

The New England Conservatory of Music
290 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115


View campus map for The New England Conservatory of Music

Getting Around NEC

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

10/10
walk

Transit

Excellent transit. This area has plenty of convenient public transportation.

10/10
rail

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Boston, MA

Winter
Dec
41
28
Jan
36
22
Feb
39
25
Spring
Mar
45
31
Apr
56
41
May
66
50
Summer
Jun
76
60
Jul
82
65
Aug
80
65
Fall
Sep
72
57
Oct
61
47
Nov
52
38

NEC Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 424
Freshman Class 109
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 797

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 8%
  • African American: 6%
  • Caucasian: 63%
  • Asian: 13%
  • Unknown and Other: 11%
Latino 8%
African American 6%
Caucasian 63%
Asian 13%
Unknown and Other 11%

Undergraduate 53%
Graduate 47%
Full-Time 90%
Part-Time 10%
Women 44%
Men 56%
International 29%
Domestic 71%

Get Admissions Info

The New England Conservatory of Music

The New England Conservatory of Music

Other Schools Near Boston, MA

This web site and associated pages are not associated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by The New England Conservatory of Music (NEC). CampusExplorer.com has no official or unofficial affiliation with The New England Conservatory of Music (NEC).